Phew! It’s been a busy beginning of the school year, but I’m finally getting a moment to sit down and write about some fun performance news from the last two months: my debut performance at the National Flute Association Convention and a guest artist recital at Liberty University.
The NFA Convention was in sunny Orlando this year; it was a blast, getting to perform Jacob Thiede‘s And everything in-between on “The Future Is Now” concert with other electroacoustic-loving flutists, making new flute friends, and running into old flute friends. Taiki Azuma was such a big help, listening to my soundcheck the night before!
It was such an honor to perform at Liberty University. The Liberty faculty and students were tremendously encouraging, the lighting and audio tech staff was tremendously helpful (thanks SO much, Amy and Kevin!), and the Concert Hall in the Center for Music and Worship Arts is beautiful. What’s more? Robin McLaughlin kindly accepted my commission to compose a piece for the occasion: In the Beginning for spoken word, flute, percussion, piano, and lamps. I’m so excited she was able to join me for the premiere, with the wonderful Erik Alexander Schmidt (percussion) and Elizabeth Church (spoken word). I’ll be posting a video of the premiere soon; and I hope to recording a video of the piece in the next few months, too, pending funding!
This fall, I’m looking forward to solo performances at Carroll Community College and the Raleigh Area Flute Association Flute Festival. Until then, a new school year has started; and I’m back, teaching flute at Guilford College and at Ms Georgia’s Creative Arts Academy.